You may have been bombarded lately by images on your social media feed of bloodied faces lying on an aesthetician’s bed and been left wondering “how is this good for my skin?” While the images can be provocative, this trending treatment, which has been dubbed the vampire facial, actually describes procedures such as microneedling and/or CIT that incorporates PRP (platelet-rich plasma). If you are wondering what all the hype is about and whether the vampire facial treatment is right for you, keep reading to learn more about its benefits. 

Vampire Facial Treatment

The vampire facial has been in the media lately because of its endorsement by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and its “ghoulish” name, but it is important to remember that the treatment tends to look scarier than it is. In reality, the vampire facial treatment is a minimally invasive procedure designed to rejuvenate the skin. Advances in technology have also helped to streamline the procedure so you won't actually experience the bloodied appearance that is portrayed in online images.

While the vampire facial isn't as nearly shocking as it looks, it does use your own blood to help promote the growth of healthy skin cells. Before the procedure begins, a small sample of blood is drawn. Next, the blood is run through a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. You will then undergo microneedling, which relies on a device that uses fine needles to put tiny punctures in the top layer of the skin, triggering the body to create new collagen and elastin. Finally, your PRPs are then topically applied to the skin. This provides energy to the skin, expediting healing time and stimulating collagen production for a rejuvenated appearance.

What Are The Benefits?

The benefits of the vampire facial treatment are tremendous and have a lot more to do with why this procedure is trending. After one treatment you will notice an improvement to overall skin texture and tone and after a series of treatments you will see a significant reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, melasma, sunspots, acne scars, pore size and stretch marks. Cutting-edge microneedling technology also means that you don't have to worry about downtime or painful and unsightly side effects. While some people may experience mild redness, this symptom along with any swelling that may occur, usually dissipates within 24 hours. 

The best way to ensure the best results and avoid any problems is to listen to your technician’s instructions post-treatment. You may be asked to avoid apply anything to the skin after your vampire facial treatment that has not been recommended by a professional. Your typical makeup and skin regime may have to be put on hold for a short time as these products may cause an adverse reaction and/or compromise the treatment results. 

Vampire facial treatments are also safe enough that practically everyone is a candidate, no matter what your age. The procedure is sun-safe and effective on all types of skin tones, so anyone can enjoy smooth, healthy, younger looking skin. To experience  optimal results, it is best to do a series of 4 vampire facials approximately 4 weeks apart. This timing will encourage collagen production and allow for adequate healing and rejuvenation between treatments.

The term vampire facial may not be the most attractive nickname, but the actual treatment behind the name is highly effective and not nearly as bloody as the the pictures portray. By using the power of your own PRPs and your body's natural healing mechanisms, you can enjoy healthier skin and a more even skin tone that takes years off your look. 

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